Fabric processing houses in India which had been on strike for a week were today back at work.

The processing houses were angry at the Government's decision to reintroduce advalorem duty.

According to some reports, readymade garment firms and wholesalers called off their strike after assurances that the excise duty would be withdrawn.

A spokesman for the North India Textile Processors Association said the strike was to end to prevent exporters from suffering.

Garment workers have called on Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, to remove the 16 per cent excise levy on branded readymade goods.

They have presented a memorandum and held discussions with the Revenue Secretary and the Joint Secretary in charge of excise duty.

By Deborah Bowyer